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Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell is a retired obstetrician (a doctor who delivers babies). She now uses her knowledge to write for the Answers in Genesis website and Answers magazine.
As a child, Dr. Mitchell thought she would grow up to be a doctor. In college she loved chemistry but eventually realized her talents were best suited for medicine. She graduated top of her class at Furman University in 1980 and earned a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
Medical students rotate through many different specialties. Dr. Mitchell discovered during these clinical rotations that she enjoyed obstetrics. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Vanderbilt University Affiliated Hospitals in 1988. After that she practiced medicine in Gallatin, Tennessee, her husband’s home town.
Dr. Mitchell was saved as a child, but she didn’t become a creationist until she was a physician. During college, a respected Bible professor taught her that Genesis was only an allegory. Though she didn’t encounter much evolutionary teaching in medical school, if it had come up, she would have accepted it. Later, through reading the Bible, she saw that Jesus and the Apostle Paul affirmed the literal creation history described in Genesis. She says, “Reading it in the Bible for myself, I accepted it, and that was the end of the matter.”
Dr. Mitchell was dismayed at the popularity of abortion, legal since 1973. Thanks to her knowledge of the inner workings of the human body, she understood that only the hand of God could be responsible for the formation of a baby. Delivering babies was her favorite part of the job, and she loved her patients. Knowing that every abortion was the murder of another human being that God loved, she never hesitated to share this truth with girls and women who were considering abortion. She remembers one woman who came by years later with her little boy to thank Dr. Mitchell for convincing her to choose life. Dr. Mitchell made a cross-stitch of the “fearfully and wonderfully made” passage from Psalm 139 and always kept it on the wall of her office as a conversation starter and declaration of her position.
Now Dr. Mitchell is using her knowledge to write about life sciences and history for Answers in Genesis. Her article topics range from Egyptian history to Greek mythology, egg shapes to sense of smell, the Reformation to naked mole-rats, monkey calls to hagfish, unicorns to aliens, embryonic development to childbirth, and everything in between. Her goal is to make information interesting and understandable to a layperson.
All her research confirms her belief that accurate history never violates biblical history and that correct scientific understanding of our past will never contradict God’s eyewitness account in the Bible.